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Staff Picks CheriCheri loves books, books, books and more books.  She reads pretty much all genres and is always delighted to have an enthusiastic chat about her most recent read.  She also loves movies, music and cats. 

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Another Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Another

Comments: 
How ADORABLE is the artwork in this picture book?! I love the little girl, the sweet black cat and the fact that this story is told without words.  I also really dig the concept of perspective and think it's never too early (or late!) to learn to explore different viewpoints and to do so without fear.


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Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525537441
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Comments: 
The cover isn't the only thing that's awesome about this book - Anne Lamott's personality comes through loud and clear and she's at once wise and funny, too.  Ultimately, her message really is hopeful and I felt I spent time with an older aunt imparting life advice. 


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Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Circe

Comments: "The thought was this: that all my life had been murk and depths, but I was not a part of that dark water.  I was a creature within it."
"Until that moment I had not known how many things I feared."
"But there was no wound she could give me that I had not already given myself."
There are SO many things I could say about this book... I identified with Circe and LOVED being in her world.  It's a journey that does take you on adventures that involve Gods, Odysseus, mythical beings and some evil doings ~ yet feels quite real and deep in ways more contemporary than expected.  Circe is unforgettable for sure.


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A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609456078
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Published: Europa Editions - May 12th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: A Winter's Promise

Comments: 
If you liked Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, this may be for you.  I was immediately intrigued by the World of the Arks and the main character Ophelia's ability to travel through mirrors.  The story that unfolds is similar to what you find in fairy tales, however it's so unique in its environment and the characters all very well-developed.  I am so pleased to know that this is just Book 1 and that there is some more of Ophelia and Thorn to look forward to.


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The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611805963
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Published: Shambhala - August 21st, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: The Places That Scare You

Comments: 
You do not have to be a practicing Buddhist to glean something from this book -- In fact, I think it contains wisdom and tools for living that all beings could benefit from.  I certainly wish I was taught this way of looking at the world when I was a child!  If you are feeling disenchanted with life or have trouble getting out of your own way, this is a fresh perspective for consideration. It has been an invaluable resource to me for many years.


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Wee Hee Hee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes and Pictures (Wee Society) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781524759964
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 18th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Wee Hee Hee

Comments: 
This book is SO cute.  It makes me laugh.  I couldn't stop reading it aloud to my coworkers!  Such great puns!  And the artwork is colorful and friendly.


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Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328781604
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Published: Clarion Books - April 17th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Moon

Comments: 
What a charming, sweet story about what it means to step outside of your routine and the gifts of new experiences.  Very simply told, this is an encouragement of imagination, play, as well as staying true to oneself.  And the illustration is just darling.  I have this one on my personal bookshelf as an adult :) 


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Overheard: The Art of Eavesdropping Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781743793640
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Published: Hardie Grant - January 2nd, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Overheard: The Art of Eavesdropping 

Comments: 
After living in NYC for over 20 years you'd think nothing would surprise me - but the conversations/eavesdropping that is depicted in this book makes me howl with laughter.  The artwork also has a personality of its own as well, definitely not taking itself too seriously and jives perfectly with the quotes.  I hope there will be a part II!


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The Bone People: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140089226
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Published: Penguin Books - October 7th, 1986

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: The Bone People

Comments: 
Have you ever read something that sticks with you for years and years? Keri Hulme's The Bone People is one of those stories for me.  I still think about the characters and the landscape to this day.  If you are interested in learning about different cultures and also like a mix of mystery, love, and family, this might be a good choice for you.  Be prepared for an experimental, yet beautiful reading experience that at times is akin to poetry and tells the tale from varying points of view. 


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The Dress and the Girl Cover Image
By Camille Andros, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419731617
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 7th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Dress and the Girl

Comments:

I am a HUGE fan of Julie Morstad's illustrations.  She creates worlds that, to me, are so beautiful and endearing, and always draw me in.  The story that the pictures tell is also beautifully done, and is a reminder of how precious each day is, and all the moments that fill them.


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Mary Wears What She Wants Cover Image
By Keith Negley, Keith Negley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062846792
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 15th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title:  Mary Wears What She Wants

Comments:

This book is awesome.  Hooray for Mary Edwards Walker for bringing pants into my life acceptably because although dresses are nice, I can't imagine not having the option.  This story could have been made complicated by the theme, however it's quite straightforward and makes the point nicely.  The artwork is VERY FUN!  I especially enjoy the eyebrows on the unhappy faces!  The notion of not being able to wear what you want is such a foreign one to me and it's nice to read/be reminded of how one person helped bring this freedom of clothing choice to reality.


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Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538745830
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title:  Hollow Kingdom

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Three stars for a really original story and downright HILARIOUS moments. However, once I got towards the end of the book I found it too devastating and heavy for my heart to handle. Beware - this is not light reading despite how funny a lot of it is written. As much as I laughed at parts I made up for it in tears later.


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Arrowood (Arrowood Mystery #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780778308386
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Published: Mira Books - December 24th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Arrowood

Comments: 

This was a fun and quick read. Mick Finlay does a great job with the location and time period. The dirtiness and grit of London at that time was palpable and reminded me of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Oliver Twist. Arrowood is such a character - his ridiculousness and bombast at times made me laugh and at other times I found him as annoying and exhausting as everyone around him did. The actual crime tale itself wasn’t very sophisticated, but enjoyable enough to keep me turning the page to see what came next. I will definitely be interested in reading the next installment.


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The Poison Thread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143134053
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Published: Penguin Books - June 18th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Poison Thread

Comments: 

What if it were possible for every bad feeling you ever had of jealousy, hatred, want for revenge to take form from your hand supernaturally to a needle and thread? To kill/punish those that you felt deserved it? Two young women are the lead figures in this story - Ruth is committed to a prison for crimes that appear to come from a magical “gift” she has and the torment she has endured - and pretty, educated Dorothea driven by a moral code to save inmates by using phrenology as a technique and a belief that good triumphs over evil. I grew very attached quite quickly to the idea of this supernatural sewing ability and was taken in by the atrocities Ruth experienced and was moved right along with Dorothea as all unfolded. A traditional gothic gem of a story from start to finish - I very much appreciated where it ended up and the questions that were raised about justice, friendship, women, class and the choices we make in judgment of others and ourselves.


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There Are No Bears in This Bakery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556654
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title:  There Are No Bears in this Bakery

Comments:

This book makes me happy for so many reasons: 1) the cat as main character is so cute and funny 2) the artwork pops the characters to life in their eyes and expressions and 3) the last page is a great last minute funny wink to parents.  A great choice for cat (and bear!) lovers and those that appreciate a good chuckle.


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The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062490117
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 11th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Language of Fire

Comments:

You may or may not be familiar with Joan of Arc's story ~ and either way, this book is very enjoyable.  Written in verse, it really draws you in and at times the language is quite beautiful and poignant.  As I was reading it, I almost wanted to alter history as I knew what was coming, but felt so connected to Jehanne I hated to see the end.  I think it was extremely brave and creative for Stephanie Hemphill to take on this subject and to produce it in verse form.


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My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781594749766
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Published: Quirk Books - July 11th, 2017

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: My Best Friend's Exorcism

Comments: 

I don't even know what to say about this book. Taking place in the 1980's (if you couldn't tell by the cover!) this is a story about teenage girls and friendship - the good and the very bad (including demonic possession!).  Grady Hendrix really nails it with the time period with hilarious references (including song titles for each chapter), and it brought me back to my own teenage years in the 80s with my big hair and makeup and personal struggles with girlfriends and boys. This book doesn't take itself too seriously and I really enjoyed the ride.


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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451491879
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Published: Berkley - July 9th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Comments:

This is such a sweet feel-good book.  If you are looking for an old-fashioned love story that isn't too romancey, this is a good pick.  I found Nina Hill's character to be very endearing, similar to Meg Ryan in a Nina Ephron film, or Bridget Jones. An easy, breezy read that left me smiling. 


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Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe: A Novel Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250198594
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Published: Forge Books - July 16th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe

Comments:

What a lovely heartwarming story about family, friendship and forgiveness mixed in with some magic and southern charm. If you are looking for a sweet escape, this is a perfect choice. And it also made me hungry for pie!


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The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143133933
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Published: Penguin Books - July 9th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Saturday Night Ghost Club

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It’s so great when a book surprises you with how beautifully it is written. This coming of age story filled me with nostalgia for the pre-internet days of riding bikes and exploring the woods — where one could be scared,excited and thrilled all at the same moment. Craig Davidson does a stellar job of transporting the reader into Jake’s world and bringing into sharp focus the power memory holds.


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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250080554
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 8th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Fact of a Body

Comments:

AMAZING! I haven’t the appropriate words to express how great this book is. I could not put it down and am in awe of the author’s courage and writing skills. Highly recommend for anyone interested in true crime and also memoir as this is a hybrid. This is one I definitely will never forget.


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Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062391179
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Published: Ecco - June 4th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains

Comments:

I've always thought the brain was fascinating - and now I'm even more convinced that it's mysterious and intriguing.  These true stories exemplify the strange range of disorders that are out there and I'm sure it's just scratching the surface.  An accessible, interesting and sometimes jaw-dropping account of the wild, sad and mystifying brain and how it baffles us all.


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: In the Dream House

Comments: 

Wow... Carmen Maria Machado blew me away with this book. If anyone has been in love with the "wrong" person, her story is/will be relatable in so many ways.  Definitely not a traditional memoir - her story unfolds in a heartachingly truthful way and at times reads like poetry.  While the seriousness of the topics (abuse, heartbreak, self-harm) cannot be denied, Carmen does have a clever and quirky wit that also made the harshness of her experience fun at moments.  I especially appreciated her footnotes.


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Pop Science: Serious Answers to Deep Questions Posed in Songs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984856265
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 27th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Pop Science (Serious Answers to Deep Questions Posed in Songs)

Comments: 

Should I Stay or Should I Go? by the Clash -- Did you know that this song can be translated into a simple algebra equation to solve the question? I didn't either, but it's pretty brilliantly done and hilarious (see page 35).  Also, the book finally answers the question posed by Peter, Paul & Mary of where all the flowers went.  Ha!  If you are a big music fan you'll be entertained by this fun book.
 


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Little Weirds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316485364
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 24th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Little Weirds

Comments:

It's challenging to describe this book. If you are looking for a laugh out loud slap-your-leg romp of a read, this isn't it. Instead, this is a collection of vignettes that I'd say are much more literary than I anticipated, infused with Jenny Slate's totally original, quirky view of herself and the world.  I really loved it.  Here is a line that particularly resonated for me: "As the image of myself becomes sharper in my brain and more precious, I feel less afraid that someone else will erase me by denying me love." 
Keep writing, Jenny!!!


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The Cloud (Child's Play Library) Cover Image
By Hannah Cumming (Illustrator), Hannah Cumming
$8.99
ISBN: 9781846433436
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Published: Child's Play International - June 7th, 2010

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Cloud

Comments: 

The Cloud is such a sweet story that I think we can all relate to, children and adults alike.  I love that it shows the beauty of cooperation, the reward in making the effort even when it's hard, and the power we all have inside us to connect.  The illustrations are also adorably fun - especially if you look closely at what the children draw :)


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Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374538583
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Published: FSG Originals - November 19th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

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This was absolutely fantastic. A retelling of many of the tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in a very original and powerful way. I love how some of the stories have a contemporary setting. Not for the squeamish, these tales are brutal in their honesty and I was moved to tears by how beautifully they are told. Highly recommend!


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Follow Me to Ground: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982133641
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Published: Scribner - January 5th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Follow Me to Ground

Comments:

Wow. I loved this. It’s creepy and thrilling and provocative and sometimes gross. It left me feeling strange in the best possible way.


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Travel Light, Move Fast Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101979815
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Travel Light, Move Fast

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Reading this book was an experience. Alexandra Fuller paints the most wonderful and vivid picture of her parents and their life in Zambia. What zany people with many endearing personality traits. Overall, it is a beautiful portrait of her father and the acceptance of his death. On this journey I laughed, I got teary and was made to pause a few times to reread some intensely beautiful lines. *The ending really took me by surprise.*


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Caspian Finds a Friend: (Picture Book about Friendship for Kids, Bear Book for Children) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452137803
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 15th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Caspian Finds a Friend

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I love stories about friendship. And animals! The artwork in this really intrigued me - I love how fuzzy his sweater is and the texture of the ocean and fish.  It's a story that left me feeling warmhearted and smiley.
"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi
(perfect quote shown at the front of the book)


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Verge Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525534884
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Verge: Stories

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Breathtakingly beautiful, brutal, gritty, deep — some of the very best writing I have ever seen. I can’t say enough about these stories but I can’t quite get it exactly right. Visceral, tough to swallow, sometimes dangerously erotic while also nauseating. Her voice so clear like a whisper in my ear revealing secret places. This one will be hard to beat.


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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780399555510
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Published: Dragonfly Books - January 17th, 2017

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

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This story makes my heart happy. Poor Alexander, like everyone else at some point in time, looks at Willy the Wind-Up mouse and wishes to be him.  I've definitely envied another person and wished my life could be like theirs -- And yet... Leo Lionni perfectly demonstrates how being yourself is always the best - and even being selfless and generous to another brings with it the best gift of joy.  Heart = Happy :)  Also, let's not forget the artwork.  LOVE the textures and printwork.  C'est bon!


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Things in Jars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Things in Jars

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What a story!!! Where to begin?! This is a Victorian London (but also Irish) mystery but it has all these different elements that make it SO delicious - a ghost, early medical procedures and some gore, circus life with its criminals and innocents, Celtic mythology of mermaids and sea creatures (selkies came to mind), a badass woman protagonist and her loyal 7ft tall woman sidekick, and of course, murder, ruthlessness and a young street boy that brought to mind Dickens characters. Once I started this I couldn’t put it down. Really quite refreshing, twisty and also has great humor.


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A Year with Mama Earth Cover Image
By Rebecca Grabill, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780802855053
Availability: Backordered
Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: A Year with Mama Earth

Comments: 

I love this stroll through the seasons with Mama Earth. Written with such sweet rhyme and artwork that couldn't be more friendly, I easily was taken in.  I imagine this will be a wonderful book to share with a little one and the adults will appreciate its message, too.  I sure did!


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You Were There Too Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806468
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Published: Berkley - January 7th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: You Were There Too

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I was drawn into this immediately. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and spent the past 48 hours really just waiting until I could get back to reading it. It’s heartbreaking and mysterious and also just a beautiful love story. Someone should make a movie of this pronto.  Made me cry.
Some themes:
- marriage issues/love
- psychic ability
- pregnancy & miscarriages
- dreams
 


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Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers: Designing Gorgeous Arrangements for Every Season (Flower Arranging Book, Bouquet and Floral Design Book) Cover Image
By Erin Benzakein, Chris Benzakein (By (photographer)), Julie Chai (With), Jill Jorgensen (With)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452172897
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 11th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers

Comments: 

WHOA.  If you have even the smallest interest in flowers, or you are like me and just go gaga when you see amazing arrangements, this book is a real delight. I want to rush out to my closest local flower farm right now and just buy armfuls! It's also VERY cool that she takes us behind the curtain and shows how to actually make those out-of-this-world arrangements, complete with lists of tools, tips and flower instruction.  Do yourself a favor and take a moment to stop and smell the FLOWERS(ha ha!) in this gorgeous book! 


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The King's Highway Cover Image
By Dicus
$12.95
ISBN: 9781936097265
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Published: Baobab Press - February 11th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The King's Highway

Comments: 

 I stood and read this book and laughed, laughed, laughed and LAUGHED. These are simple comics but hilariously executed.  For a good laugh open this book!


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A Way with Wild Things Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681190396
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: A Way with Wild Things

Comments:

Ohhhh Poppy Ann Fields stole my heart from page 1.  With her adorable glasses and groovy ways of blending into the scenery when people are around - she is SO cute! I love the differentiation of wallflower and wildflower and all that implies.  A cute story for those interested in what's found in the backyard, too.  The COOL glossary in the back of Poppy's Bug Friends is informative as well as fun.


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Catherine House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062905659
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Published: Custom House - May 12th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Catherine House

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This was awesome! Creepy, gothic college steeped in mystery. An antihero young woman protagonist with a dark past. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes suspenseful coming of age stories with a satisfying reveal. I am impressed this is a debut novel for Elisabeth Thomas and look forward to reading more from her.


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Death in Her Hands: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984879356
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Published: Penguin Press - June 23rd, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Death in Her Hands

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Wow. I don't even know what to say. This story was different than anything else I've ever read. Very original and creative, but also depressing, nightmarish, and at times poignant. Beautifully written and also hauntingly urgent. I was compelled to keep turning pages because I was as obsessed as the main character was with figuring out the mystery. I surely won't forget this character.


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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374102098
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 28th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: I Hold a Wolf by the Ears

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I loved this! Each of the stories in this collection feature women with very real, very human (imperfect) natures that I felt deeply connected with. These are not light stories or for anyone who wants a happy ending or a mystery wrapped up with a tidy bow explanation. Instead, Laura van den Berg takes you down curvy roads that are dimly lit with loneliness, regret, fear and death.


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Fairest: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525561309
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Published: Viking - May 26th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Fairest: A Memoir

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What a beautifully written, deep-diving, soulful memoir. 


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The Girl and the Ghost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062940957
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Published: HarperCollins - August 4th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Girl and the Ghost

Comments:

This is not your typical young person’s tale. It features a spirit/ghost that has attached itself to a young girl and is not always good. There is an evil man, a not nice witch grandmother and a cold emotionally detached mother. There are bullies and monstrous creatures and there is loneliness, sadness and loss. And yet, despite all of these dark and sometimes outright scary things, there is a beautiful lesson about real friendship, being true to oneself, having courage in the face of fear, the importance of family, and letting go in order to move on. I was deeply moved. 


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Home Before Dark: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524745172
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Published: Dutton - June 30th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Home Before Dark

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Well I spent my whole day reading this book so that tells you something about it. Ha. An easy to read, suspenseful page turner about a creepy perhaps haunted house and the family that last lived in it. It brought back childhood memories of watching Amityville Horror and the super creepiness of Burnt Offerings. There was a point where I was aware of what the ultimate reveal was but I didn’t care that I figured it out - the story was too fun to be let down. This is a great creepy read for a weekend at a lake or the beach.


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Click, Clack, Moo 20th Anniversary Edition: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534463028
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - June 16th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

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This book is so much fun!  I love that the duck is the "neutral party".  It's also very easy to read for beginners and has such a great sense of silly -- kids and adults will chuckle.  Every time I read it I guffaw!


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Temporary (Emily Books) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895668
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Published: Coffee House Press - March 3rd, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Temporary

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This book was so creative, quirky and profound. I basked in the beauty of the writing, giggled and got teary too!


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A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593099667
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Published: Berkley - May 12th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1)

Comments:

A fresh and fun start to a new cozy mystery series that made me soooo crave ice cream! Great characters and I loved the Cleveland small town setting. Sometimes cozy mysteries are exactly what I need and this one was a delight. I am excited to see what the next installment brings.


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Things That Go Away Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419744822
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Things That Go Away

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This is a beautiful book for both children and adults about the beauty of impermanence.  


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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: We Keep the Dead Close

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A very thoroughly researched true crime story that sucked me in from the first page. There are so many elements to this story that are fascinating: a mysterious death of a young woman - violent murder! Harvard in 1969 at the height of counterculture.  Archeological digs and Indiana Jones-like professors as possible suspects.  Police corruption. Misogyny. A curious undergrad that decides to dive into the research and tell the story.  Any true crime fans should check this out.  Highly recommend!


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Fish: A tale about ridding the ocean of plastic pollution Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780744021462
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Published: DK Children - September 22nd, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Fish: A tale about ridding the ocean of plastic pollution

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Adorable and informational.  I adore the artwork.  Very important and timely for kids to learn about such a serious subject in such an entertaining and endearing way.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780593121658
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Wolf for a Spell

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This was so great. Russian folktale characters and magic and forests and wolves all come to life in this story. Imparts a heartfelt and positive message.


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You Matter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421691
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: You Matter

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This book is a winner just for Christian Robinson's amazing artwork, but the big plus is the message it brings is so positive and beautiful.  Highly recommend for kids 0-92!


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No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250265616
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 17th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

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This is a great book.  Not just because it's by Michael J. Fox, but because he is willing to be honest about not having all the answers and struggling to accept life as it comes... something we ALL have to deal with as humans.  His challenges are much more intense than the average person, however his frustrations and fears are universal.  At the end of the day we all have to face the music and decide how we're going to live our lives, positively or negatively - and Michael J. Fox gives me hope.  


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ISBN: 9781536212273
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Sisters of Straygarden Place

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This was VERY odd and SO creatively done. Gothic strangeness for the middle reader with some great messages woven in. If you are looking for something truly different this one is for you. I am definitely going to follow this author.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534462762
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 28th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Time of Green Magic

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I loved this story of three kids (1 girl and 2 boys) who are trying to adjust to their new life together after their parents marry. Hilary McKay does such an incredible job with bringing these characters to life. I felt I was with them on their journey learning about trust, fear, friendship, making mistakes (and owning them), and ultimately the joy in coming together. The magic in the story takes shape in the most glorious of ways and truly delighted me.


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By A. E. Ali, Rahele Jomepour Bell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481485630
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - June 30th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Our Favorite Day of the Year

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A heartwarming picture book following children from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends.  Sweet artwork and features a calendar of holidays at the end of the book that will delight children as they identify special events they can celebrate with friends throughout the year.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780358272427
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Published: Clarion Books - March 2nd, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Once Upon a Dragon's Fire

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I simply love this book.  The children are so incredibly sweet and kindhearted.  And they read when they feel sad or lonely!  Artwork is also beauty!  "...for the people know that even in the coldest of times, we all carry the spark of friendship inside us." 

 


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Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399591617
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 2nd, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Signs

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This is a very hopeful guide for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one and is comforted by the idea of signs from "the beyond". This author brings the mystic into the everyday and provided me with much comfort at a fragile time.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781984803801
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Published: Berkley - September 8th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Ellie and the Harpmaker

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A warm, English country story about relationships, limitations and following your heart.  Also includes really cool insight into harpmaking.

A lovely charmer.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781506460543
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Published: Beaming Books - March 2nd, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Once Upon Another Time

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A beautiful rhyming book about appreciating the earth in all its splendor.


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By Molly Griffin, Maribel Lechuga (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580899369
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Published: Charlesbridge - January 12th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Ten Beautiful Things

Comments:

This is such a sweet and wonderful multigenerational story that focuses on gratitude even when things do not go the way you wish.  Such a wise grandmother to come up with such a thoughtful and spirit raising car game. For anyone starting a new path as a reminder to be grateful for all the good around you.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112595
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Published: Dial Books - March 16th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Tree in Me

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We are all connected. This book so beautifully captures this message.


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By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

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"eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea crinkle into crescent moons"  This book is so beautifully written with marvelous alliteration and detail.  I love how the girl recognizing her eyes in those of her family members helps her to feel confident and happy with herself. What a great inspirational example for young readers.